Brittany Smathers

Program Manager

5437 Island Crest Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 437-8396

Ages Served: 5 to 12 years old

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Programs Offered:


Before School: 7:00A-9:10A

After School: M, T, Th, F 3:45P-6:00P, Wed 2:05P-6:00P

Summer Day Camp: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Club Sessions

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Each day there is a chance for exploration at Kids Co. at Island Park, located at Island Park Elementary. Welcoming and engaging staff are there every day to help the kids discover their passion and build supportive relationships. We offer a low structured morning program with a quiet project, kids choice activities, an outdoor play session, and a communal breakfast snack. The program ends as the first school bell rings and we make sure they are prepared for the day with all of their belongings before releasing them to line up for school with their classmates. Kids are greeted warmly as they arrive after school and enjoy light activities as staff ensure everyone is present and accounted for. Outside play is first on the schedule to release all the energy that has built up throughout the day. We head back inside to recharge with a tasty snack. Snack time flows into educational time which is a chance to focus on homework, reading, writing in journals, or participating in rotating educational challenges. Each day there is a project from a topic the kids have suggested or one that staff knows will excite our kids. These projects are chosen to inspire wonder, fostering creativity, and/or encouraging STEM perspective. The day winds to an end with kids having the opportunity to have kids’ choice activity centers. Often they even want to help staff clean up and prepare for the next day. Overall we focus on giving the kids the chance to make and learn from their own choices, building a supportive community, and encouraging them to have a curiosity about the world around them.

Summer Day Camp (scroll down for weekly themes)

Kids Co.'s Summer Camps are fun, flexible and educational. Your one stop shop for summer fun.

New themes, activities, and field trips to lots of exciting destinations each week.

  • Designed with working parents in mind, our week-long day camps run from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Camp activities run from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Give yourself a break! Instead of shuttling your kids all over town to a new camp every week, choose one location all summer long.
  • Our camps are a great option for gap weeks in your kid’s summer line-up!
  • Licensed programs with professional staff who are trained in child/youth development, 1st Aid/CPR, and background checked.
  • We are excited to launch our new programs, Kids Co.’s Big Read and Summer Run for Fun.

Each day kids will dive into good books and track their progress, and collect Big Read “reading” tokens. Our dedication to daily reading helps mitigate "summer reading loss," a decline in children's reading development that can occur during summer vacation times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programs. Read more about it here.


Kids Co. is here to keep your kids active! Summer Run For Fun is a fun way to promote healthful living into our daily routine. Kids will earn “running shoes” tokens and track how far they’ve run, jogged, walked, or even skipped. Physical activity is vital for a child's development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. ... promoting healthy growth and development. helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. building strong bones and muscles. Read more about it here.

Kids Co. creates the best summer ever for your kids. We blend staff ideas, best practice, family feedback, and kid’s suggestions to create a summer your kids will not forget.

We can’t wait to spend the summer with you!

Kids Co. at Island Park - Summer Camp Weeks and Themes

Week 1: Imaginarium (July 6-10th– Dive into a world of magic and whimsy! Campers will discover their spirit of adventure and creativity through hands-on projects. Campers can dodge dragons, explore fairylands, and jump over lava pits during lively activities and games. Put your imagination to the test and create your own unique worlds and mythical creatures. Bring your creative minds for an adventurous week at Kids Co.!

Week 2: Outdoor Explorers (July 13-17th) – Summer is the perfect time for outdoor exploration! Campers will learn about the many great outdoor activities in Pacific Northwest. We will practice new games, create unique art, and complete some messy science experiments—all in the great outdoors! Take in a breath of fresh air, as we get ready for an exciting week of outdoor play!

Week 3: Farm to Table  (July 20-24th) – All about good eats! Kids have the chance to put on their chef hats and create easy, healthy meals and snacks. Throughout the week, we will explore new menus, learn about cooking tools and techniques, and enjoy food themed activities or visitors. Plus, we’ll explore where our food comes from – local farms, markets, restaurants, and bakeries will be highlighted. Bring your appetites for a week of food fun!

Week 4: Into the Wild  (July 27-31st– This week we will learn about animals of both land and sea, and other creepy crawlers! Campers will investigate the ecosystems and the animals that live in our region and around the world! We will get outside to see if we can spot some of the creatures that live in our own neighborhood! So get ready for animal discovery at Kids Co.!

Week 5: The Great Adventure  (August 3-7th, CLOSED August 7th) – Join us as we “adventure” from the depths of the oceans to the outer reaches of space. Kids will have a blast learning about the less traveled parts of our world and beyond through fun projects, games, and more. They will even have a chance come up with their own creatures and landscapes as they create their own worlds!

Week 6: Get on the Bus (Aug. 11-14) – This week we celebrate having yellow school buses to travel around the city on our field trips! We will explore planes, trains, automobiles, ferries, and their importance in our city. STEM projects will teach students how different modes of transportation work and interactive field trips will allow students to see exciting vehicles up close!  So get ready for some amazing field trips and awesome transportation projects this week at Kids Co.!

Week 7: Weird and Wacky Week (August 17-21st) – We are celebrating all things weird and wacky! If your child enjoys creating fun costumes or celebrating unofficial holidays such as “Talk like a Pirate Day” this camp is for you! With a variety of gooey experiments, quirky crafts, and funky gym, campers are sure to have a good time expressing their silliest and wackiest selves!

Week 8: Best Week Ever (August 24-27th, CLOSED August 28th) – Get ready for the best week ever at Kids Co.! This week is all about kid’s choice! Revisiting a favorite project, putting a twist on an old activity, or planning something totally new, campers and counselors will work together to create and recreate some all-time favorites!

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Summer of Discovery
Begins July 6, 2020

Weekly Rates:

4-5 Days                   $315

Before School Care

Kids Co.’s before school program offers kids a safe place to start their day. Every morning, Kids Co. offers breakfast and free time during which kids can choose from lots of activities like building, quiet reading, games, art station, or just hanging out with friends.  After students gain some of their morning energy, they can join our talented and caring staff in an exciting activity!  Past activities include science experiments, building projects, and group games.  Join us at Kids Co.'s before school program, where students start their days off right!

After School Care

Kids Co.’s after school program is designed to help kids wind down from a busy school day.  Through our structure and activities, staff members focus on teaching students about social-emotional, problem-solving, and leadership skills through play.  We offer afternoon snack, inside free time, recess, and homework help as well as one teacher-led activity per day and opportunities for student-led activities.  These activities vary and can include STEM challenges, arts and craft activities, active games, cooking projects, and more.

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Partner School

Island Park Elementary